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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 22, 2006 10:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 4/5/71---NFA/ GDTRFB/ NFA

None of the early live albums are truly and exclusively "live". They were cleaned up and overdubbed etc. for commercial consumption. Of course the ultimate example of this is Anthem Of The Sun which wasn't labelled a "live" album, but switched back and forth between studio, live and overdubbed material. As you stated, vocals were cleaned up and strengthened, and there were some instrumental overdubs as well.

Personally I don't have a problem with this, the group was trying to put out a commercially viable product that would not only appeal to their loyal fan base, but also expand that fan base. They felt that to do that they had to clean up the sound.